Bicycles are more than just another mode of transportation. They have become a lifestyle. City commuters, cross-country enthusiasts and great adventurers who travel the world on two wheels all share the same passion for undoubtedly one of the greatest inventions of man.
Guillaume Blanchet spent 382 days riding through the streets of Montreal, Canada, to compile this video as a tribute to his father, yet it speaks to everyone for whom riding a bike has become a part of life. And there are good reasons to join the crowd too.
The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised; a human on a bicycle is more efficient (in calories expended per kilo and per kilometre) than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car or motorcycle. You can park about 15 bicycles in the same space that one car takes. It is 20 times cheaper annually to maintain a bicycle compared to a car. Cycling three hours or 30 kilometres per week halves the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Despite all that and more, Americans still use their bikes for only one trip out of a 100. Fortunately, the situation is changing. With gas prices reaching record heights and green trends on the rise, the bike renaissance is really picking up steam. Bicycle lifestyle pages, promotional campaigns and infrastructure projects are turning sport into transport.
I think that the term “responsible travel” is not only about carbon-offset flights and preserving destinations halfway round the world during your holidays. Assuming personal responsibility and making a positive change in your daily life is just as important.